Daniel Sturridge insists Philippe Coutinho’s goal against Everton is his

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Daniel Sturridge is still trying his best to claim the goal scored by Philippe Coutinho during Wednesday night’s Merseyside derby.

The Liverpool forward, who scored seven minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute, is convinced Coutinho’s shot skimmed off him before finding the back of the net.

Replays appear to be fairly inconclusive, however, so Sturridge has his work cut out to convince the Dubious Goals Panel.


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"It touched me so it is my goal," the forward, who scored his 50th goal for the Reds in the derby, was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "If it touches you you claim it, wherever it touches you - eyelash, wherever. It did actually touch me.

"I'm not the type of guy who would claim a goal if it didn't touch me - I know there are some guys out there hungry for goals but I'm not that hungry. It is not dubious, it is clear for everyone to see.”

Er, we’re not so sure that’s true, Daniel.

"Now 50 has gone it is on to the next game and hopefully I can add to that,” Sturridge added. “It should be 51 because the fourth goal is mine.

"I just look to go out there and score as many goals as possible. It is great to get to 50 goals. I won't play it down and say I'm not happy.

"I've done so well so far with the club but it is onwards and upwards. It is important to understand now the next aim is 100 goals."

Video: Sturridge or Coutinho's goal?

Sturridge's awkward post-match interview

Sturridge also insisted the Coutinho goal was his during a rather awkward post-match interview on Sky Sports after the match.

"It's goals, isn't it?” he was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo. "You know as well, I don't even know why you're asking me!

"But obviously it was a great ball from Lucas for the first one and obviously Phil's shot and it's hit me, so it's my goal.

"Of course it's mine, no doubt."

James Milner was standing next to his teammate and, like the rest of us at home, wasn’t sure whether Sturridge was serious or joking.

It turns out he was deadly serious. Sturridge won’t rest easy until that Coutinho goal is credited as his.

Klopp will want the issue resolved

At the end of the day, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp won’t care who scores the goals - as long as they’re scored.

He might, however, be keen to stop the debate from becoming an issue inside the Anfield dressing room.

Was the goal scored by Daniel Sturridge or Philippe Coutinho? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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